On Tuesday we have a thrilling performance from Nicole Kidman as you’ve never seen her before in DESTROYER (15). Wednesday is a last chance to see VICE (15) with Christian Bale in the role of Dick Cheney, US Vice President during the period around 9/11. The Thursday screenings of GREEN BOOK (12A) (Best Picture Oscar winner) are virtually sold out at the time of writing but we have an evening re-run of this on Wednesday 03 April at 7.30pm.
At 11am on Tuesday morning we see the return of Olivia Colman’s Oscar winning role as Queen Anne in The Favourite for our Babes in Arms Screening. This is now sold out and has proved to be a very popular title.
On Tuesday at 7.30pm, we’re showing Vice, the much-talked about biographical film about former US vice-president Dick Cheney. Christian Bale is the unlikely lead, with Amy Adams as Cheney’s wife, Lynne. This screening is sold out but seats are available for Wednesday 20 March at 7.30pm.
We round the week off with three opportunities to see an all British cast in All is True, showing Thursday at 2.30pm (subtitled for people with hearing loss) and 7.30pm. Seats are plentiful for the extra screening on Saturday 16 March at 2.30pm. With a screenplay from Ben Elton and star turns from Kenneth Branagh, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen, we find William Shakespeare in 1613 after a fire destroys the Globe Theatre.
Tuesday’s film at 7pm – please note the early start – is the award-winning South Korean film Burning, which is based on a short story by Haruki Murakami. Murakami must be one of the most well-known and widely translated authors on the planet and yet his work is rarely adapted for the screen.
On Thursday at 2.30pm (subtitled for those hard of hearing) and 7.30pm, we have Mary Queen of Scots, Josie Rourke’s film about the two queens who ruled in the then divided British Isles. At the time of writing, these are fully booked and we are unlikely to be re-screening.
As is usual at this time of year, many of our films are selling out so we have arranged re-screenings of the following popular titles – All Is True, Vice, Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Green Book – in March and April.
We have a rare screening of a silent gem, introduced by its producer’s son along with a biopic of two of Hollywood’s greatest comedy talents and re-screenings of two recent popular titles.
We are very pleased to welcome Sir Sydney Samuelson, who will be introducing A Couple of Down and Outs, a silent film about WW1 made in 1923, which was produced by his father G.B. Samuelson and directed by Walter Summers. It is extremely fortunate that a film of this vintage still exists and the restoration by the BFI features a fine score composed by John Sweeney, one of the mainstays of the Kennington Bioscope which shows silent films at the Cinema Museum.
The lack of real information about British cinema at this time is borne out in this interesting article about the film, which certainly bears out the dangers of relying on Wikipedia for accurate information. Luckily most, if not all, of the errors highlighted have since been corrected! Sir Sydney should be able to enlighten us as to the story of production as well as other films produced by his father’s company.
The evening will begin with a comedy short followed by a short film sequence of ‘behind the scenes’ shot at Samuelson’s Worton Hall Studio in 1918, which Sir Sydney will describe. A Couple of Down and Outs will be followed by a Q&A with our Chairman Philip Howard. Book here…………
We have two Bafta-winning films showing as part of this week’s David Lean Cinema screenings.
Our week starts on Tuesday evening (19 February) at 7.30pm with the extraordinary story of Alex Honnold in FREE SOLO. One of the elite free climbers, Honnold climbs without ropes and alone. Read More…………..
An upcoming busy week for the David Lean, with no less than six screenings – starting on Tuesday with Mary Poppins Returns. Read More………….
Tuesday evening brings you a thriller from Denmark, THE GUILTY. This joins a growing list of ‘single location’ dramas as outlined in a recent article in The Guardian.
We screened a fine example of the genre a couple of years ago – LOCKE starred Tom Hardy as a man trying to get his life together while taking a car journey. The means of the main (often only) character to communicate with the world outside the single location is generally the phone, and THE GUILTY, set in an emergency services call centre, fits the bill, as our hero tries to help an abducted woman. A few tickets left.
This week we have a Hungarian film set at the end of the Second World War for Holocaust Memorial Day and what may be Robert Redford’s swansong, as well as repeat screenings – and the announcement of our March programme. Read More…………..
We start the week on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm with Sorry to Bother You.
Boots Riley is musician turned writer/director for this clever and original piece, which he describes as ‘an absurdist dark comedy with aspects of magical realism and science fiction’. Lakeith Stanfield takes the lead of Cassius “Cash” Green, forced to adopt a ‘white voice’ to succeed in the world of telemarketing.
Widows is Wednesday evening’s (7.30pm) offering, showing again due to the popularity of our screening earlier in the month.
We end the week with a documentary, looking at the life and guiding philosophy of Fred Rogers, the host and creator of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, in Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
We start this week on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm with SuperBob, the second in our Stand-Up Film Club season.
Based on an idea by director Jon Drever, the film quickly became a joint project between Drever, writer William Bridges and comedian Brett Goldstein, who stars as SuperBob and also co-wrote the script. Initially intended as a short film, it eventually turned into a feature film once they managed to get Catherine Tate on board, shot in just 19 days and entirely in Peckham.
The film will be followed by a Q&A with actor Brett Goldstein and director Jon Drever. Read More……………